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Donegal NW Area   Horn Head Subarea
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,   Summits in area: 73,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Errigal, 751m

Summits in area Donegal NW:
Ballystrang 292mBrown Mountain 224mCark Mountain 364mCraigcannon 357mCroaghegly 245mCroaghmore 278mCrockmore 349mCrocknaneeve 155.9mCulliagh SE Top 369mEdenacarnan 192mGregory Hill 336mKnockalla 363mKnockbrin 259mLoughaskerry 252mLoughsalt Mountain 469mMeenavally 219mMoyle Hill 148mMoylemore (Owey Island) 102mSliabh an tSratha Greadaithe 285mToome 175m
Aranmore:   Cnoc an Iolair (Mullach Thiar) 227m
Derryveagh Mountains:   Aghla Beg 563.9mAghla Beg (South) 602.3mAghla More 581.2mAn Cnoc Fada 485mAn Cnoc Glas 489mAn Eadarna Mhór 416mAn Grogán Mór 457mArdloughnabrackbaddy 472.5mBingorms 578mCnoc Bhealach Gaoithe 480mCnoc na Searrach 495mCró an Locháin 486mCró Bheithe 315mCrockawama 238mCrockfadda 529mCrockfadda E Top 454mCrockfadda North-East Top 502mCrockmulroney 430mCrocknafarragh 517mCrocknafarragh SE Top 470mCruach Leac Chonaill 266mCruach na Sagart 480mDooish 651.5mDooish South-East Top 553.9mDrumnalifferny Mountain 596mErrigal 751mMackoght 555mMaumlack 480mMuckish 667.1mNa Leargacha 470.6mSaggartnadooish 506.4mSaggartnadooish E Top 478.9mSlieve Snaght 678m
Derryveagh Mtns:   Dooish South-West Top 528mDrumnalifferny North-East Top 585m
Fanad:   Ballynabrocky Hill 152mCashelmore 149mCnoc na Boirne 227mDrumavohy Hill 153m
Glendowan Mountains:   Binswilly 337mCnoc an Stualaire 418mFarscallop 420.6mGartan Mountain 357mKinnaveagh 384mLeahanmore 442mMoylenanav 539m
Gweedore:   Carn Traonach 425mCnoc Fola 314mTaobh an Leithid 429m
Horn Head:   Croaghnamaddy 252m
Rosguill:   Cnoc na Sleá 163mGáinne Mór 207m
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Croaghnamaddy Hill Cruach na Madadh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cruach na Madadh [PWJ†], 'stack of the dogs') Donegal County, in Binnion List, Hornblendic and sometimes schistose Bedrock

Height: 252m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C02916 40248 This summit has been logged as climbed by 29 members. Recently by: Niamhq, bryanjbarry, pearnett, IndyMan, kmoore, millsd1, sandman, procyon, chalky, Aidy, tiki, Geo, FilHil, paddyhillsbagger, Garmin
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Longitude: -7.954957, Latitude: 55.209269 , Easting: 202916, Northing: 440248 Prominence: 247m,   Isolation: 8.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 602866 940228,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg252, 10 char: Crghnmdy
Bedrock type: Hornblendic and sometimes schistose, (Metadolerite)

The highest point on Horn Head. The Metrical Dindsenchas contains a reference to Sliab Irguill, which the editor Edward Gwynn identifies with Horn Head, so it be an old name for Croaghnamaddy or may have referred to all the upland on Horn Head. For origin of name, see Ganiamore re the name Sliab Guill. There is another Croaghnamaddy SW of Dungloe.   Croaghnamaddy is the 1271th highest summit in Ireland.

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Visit for the Views.
Short Summary created by jackill,  5 Sep 2014
Park on the roadside at C02681 40572 A , room for 4-5 cars.
Walk to C02784 40454 B heading uphill and south away from the road to the trig point that marks the summit. 10-15 minutes each way is more than enough time. A great viewpoint for the Donegal coast and the mountains to the south. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/5758/
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Picture: The trig pillar on the summit of Croaghnamaddy
slemish on Croaghnamaddy, 2009
by slemish  7 Nov 2009
I had never climbed Croaghnamaddy before today but after reading three5four0's comment and since I was in Donegal this weekend anyway I thought I would bag it. It really is just a short climb from the car park up to the 252m summit. The trig pillar was in excellent condition considering the weather it has to endure up here. The beauty of Donegal is that although there are very high mountains, sometimes the lower peaks are better positioned for views. So it is with Croaghnamaddy - the sheer Horn Head cliffs to the north are interesting enough, but to the west lies Tory island and Bloody Foreland. To the south, a fabulous almost side-on view of the high Derryveagh ridge from Muckish to Errigal. Loughsalt Mountain to the south-east and round to Ganiamore and Crocknasleigh in the east, with the Inishowen hills in the distance. Do check out the cliffs if visiting here though as they really are spectacular. An easy walk - you can be up and down in 20 minutes. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/4259/
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Small hill, big views!
by Geo  17 Sep 2013
Parked at C0141440890 C almost at the end of the road, and as far as you can drive north. After a quick run up to the ruin, where there are superb views out over the Horn head, we walked back down the road to the junction at C0194940042 D and turned left. When past the viewpoint further on I took a right turn off the road at C0282840446 E and 5 minutes took me uphill to the trig at C0291840248 F . The short last bit was over heathery bog which was very solid considering the several previous day's rain. Back to the car and round trip of 5.4km and a few minutes over an hour. Leave more time if you can as there are loads of photo op's andthe option of a walk out to the headland which we didn't have time for. Super spot. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/15184/
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three5four0 on Croaghnamaddy, 2009
by three5four0  25 Oct 2009
Croaghnamaddy should really be climbed as part of the classic Horn Head Coastal walk, but for those who have missed it out, it is only 6 mins from the view point car park at roughly 026405 G. From here cross the road and climb up to a small ring contour, with a small cairn on top, which is clearly visible from the car park. Then ascend Croaghnamaddy in a rising curved route , to avoid a re entrant on your left, pick your way through a small rocky band to the trig point. There great views out over the north Donegal coast and back to the hills. Descend the way of ascent, don't be tempted into the re entrant , with its flat area leading to the road. Here lies soft ground and waist deep bushes. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/4229/
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Picture: Craignamaddy from top to bottom
Craignamaddy to Horn Head
by gerrym  22 Jul 2010
This is a road trip and a half, rising along with the cliffs to over 600ft. The road is narrow and winding and the fear of meeting another car and having to reverse keeps the wits sharp. The viewing point at 026405 provides a breathtaking perspective and the start of a walk as long or as short as desired.

The top of Craignamaddy is not much more than a stones throw away. The trig pillar is now adorned with some rocks which add height and style. There are great views especially along the coast, with cliffs, beaches, islands and hills to stop roving eyes. The settlement on the west side of Tory is clearly visible and if it wasn't the still flashing lighthouse would have helped. A stone wall and fence run along the top, with a heap rather than a cairn of stones.

Return to the road and drop down to the cliffs which can then be followed around to Horn Head. Can get as close as dare for the best views of the sheer drops below although there is a distinct track a couple of feet from the edge. Gulls were landing and taking off from the cliff walls and the odd boat came in, perhaps to check lobster pots. The true nature of Craignamaddy becomes clear here - from the Atlantic swell churning at its base, up the spectacular cliffs to the trig.

Pass the carpark and continue on out to Horn Head, path is eroded here and there were quite a few people about. Visit the old look out tower and then follow the coast as it drops down to the Nose of Scoltnavan (005413 H) - an inaccessable inlet with a nice waterfall dropping down to the waves below. Climb uphill again to Crockaclogher and then across the line of hills back to the carpark and follow the road back to the viewing point.

About 4 hours walking in all but can make it whatever length you wish. Would definitely be a shame to miss out on the stunning clifftop walking reminescent of that near Glencolumcille. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/5963/
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Picture: Looking at the Rosguill Peninsula from the trig pillar.
Unplanned Summit
by Aidy  6 Jul 2014
I was out for an aimless drive with the family when I spotted the trig pillar on top of this hill and talked them into taking the short walk to the summit. I had followed the signs for Horn Head from Dunfanaghy, and shortly after seeing another sign saying Horn Head 150m, we parked at a small lay by with great views of the Head. From there I could clearly see the trig pillar, and as we were already on high ground, it was an easy ascent to the summit. As you can imagine, in this part of Donegal, you are very well rewarded for very little effort as the views are magnificent. I would recommend walking around as much of Horn Head as you can as the summit is only part of the attraction here - the cliff top views further to the west are also breathtaking. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/999/comment/17532/
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